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All ages

Language: Non-verbal
Choreographer: Kitty Phetla
Music Composed By: Nduduzo Makhathini
Music Performed By: Nduduzo Makhathini
Featured Artists: Kitty Phetla
Company: Kitty Phetla & Nduduzo Makhathini

Producer: Lindsay McDonald

Space has continuous conversations with those who pass through it. That same space has memory; that space carries our heritage. The theatre is a space for confession. Listen to the echo. The ancestors are speaking.’

In a first in the history of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards, the Young Artist for Dance, Kitty Phetla, joins forces with a previous winner for Jazz – Nduduzo Makhathini (2015) – in a brand-new production. Together, they offer a tribute to ‘the divine lineage of souls’ who occupy, inform and influence their spaces and their work.

Going Back to the Truth of Space reveals a journal of religion, a practice of ritual, and a struggle for restoration between Phetla, a dancer, and Makhathini, as both artist and healer.

Enveloped in the ritual institution of ngoma, once the term for drumming, music, singing, dancing, and the complex ceremonies of healing, Phetla and Makhathini dissect and expand the physical space of the theatre with a parallel invitation to sojourn into the underworld.

Going Back to the Truth of Space is a reflection on, and an evocation of, African modes of performance and ritual – calling forth the memories and wisdom of ancestry and visualising a future of healing.

Photo: Lauge Sorensen / Illustration Sean Crozier



  1. than.vlachos 27 June 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Beautiful and absolutely stunning … a must see.

  2. Pam.zondi 28 June 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Captivating performance. A true creation of art

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